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A civic reception was held in Durban last night as part of a series of functions to mark the 125th birthday of the Royal Natal Yacht Club. During the reception the club commodore, Mr Guy Reynolds (second left), presented the deputy mayor, Mr Stan Lange, with a plaque bearing the club's crest.

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Mr Brian Tocknell (third left) and his crew share a bottle of champagne which Mrs Tocknell pours into the silver goblets before the victorious crew toast themselvels as winners of the 100-mile yacht race held to mark the 125th anniversary of the Royal NAtal Yacht Club.

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Royal Natal Club commodore guy Reynolds (left) and Richard Crockett, rear-commodore and chairman of the race committee. 

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The 125th anniversary of the Royal Natal Yacht Club- the oldest of all clubs in South Africa and the oldest yacht club in the southern hemisphere- was celebrated at a cocktail party for the Press.

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The Royal Natal Yacht Club is 125 years old - the oldest club of any type in South Africa and the oldest yacht club in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Gay with bunting, yachts taking part in the weekend opening cruise of the season on Durban Bay are silhouetted against the afternoon sun.

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I must go down to the sea again...The call of the sea is something few can resist, as yachtsmen know full well ..whether they're racing or quietly communing with nature. Tomorrow they'll take part in a big sail past off Durban's beachfront.

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The calm before the storm...a Durban keeler cruises gently on the Bay, giving the crew a short respite before heading out to sea for a tough-as-nails race.

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Battling against the elements ...this is a world where every second counts, and a wrong decision could land you in ice-cold water.

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Two ways of getting around. A board sailor trails a Hobie Cat in calm conditions off Vetch's Pier, Durban 

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A good stiff breeze... and the spray flies as a group of yachts thrust their way to the fore in this week's races off Durban.

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The season's over, but the memory lingers on. And moments such as this are sure to be discussed by Durban's deep-sea racing skippers and crews when they gather at the Point Yacht Club tonight for the annual prizegiving ceremony. 

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Ready for the Vasco da Gama yacht race (from left):Peter vsn Dam, Chris Bonnet, the skipper of Appletiser 1, and Dave Vinnicombe

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Yachtsman Mark 'Slim' Cawdron catches the Christmas spirit and cools off as he plays with a mini boat in a Durban swimming pool...dreaming of January 12 when he will be crewing the Wesbank in the Cape-to-Uruguay race.

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Gordon Neill...64 and still racing

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The former Rear Commodore of the Royal Natal Yacht Club, Mr Richard Crocket (centre), has launched his new Flying 15 yacht in Durban harbour. The 'Financial Folly', was named by the wife of Mr Crockett's partner in the yacht, Mr Mike Wright (right).

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National Flying Fifteen champions Mike Wright  (right) and Richard Crockett display their trophies presented at the Royal Natal Yacht Club last night.

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The skipper of Assagai, Terry Clarence, hopes to repeat last year's win.

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Yachtsman Charles Reynolds who is in an unassailable position in the Flying Fifteen selection regatta with five wins in five races and only one still to be contested.

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Mr Dave Cox (right), owner and skipper of Magic Carpet, fills in his entry from for the race watched by Mr. John Cookson, R-Cdre (Keelers) for the Point Yacht Club and chairman of the organising committee.

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